Planning for an Evacuation
People with disabilities have the same choices as other community residents about whether to evacuate their homes and where to go when an emergency threatens. Listen to the advice of local officials. Decide whether it is better to leave the area, stay with a friend or go to a public shelter. Each of these decisions requires planning and preparation.
Be Ready to Evacuate
Have a plan for getting out of your home or building (ask your family or friends for assistance, if necessary). Also, plan 2 evacuation routes because some roads may be closed or blocked in a disaster.
Supply Items Have disaster supplies on hand.
Cash and credit cards
Emergency food and water
First aid kit and manual
Flashlight with extra batteries
Nonelectric can opener
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
Supply List Maintain a list of the following important items and store it with the emergency supplies. Give a copy to another family member and a friend or neighbor.
Special equipment and supplies, e.g., hearing aid batteries
Current prescriptions names and dosages
Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors and pharmacist
Detailed information about the specifications of your medication regime